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Report: Mitchell to sign two-year extension with Kings (Update: Signed!)

Feb 24, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

As reported by Rich Hammond, the Kings are expected to announce later today they’ve signed defenseman Willie Mitchell to a two-year contract extension.

Mitchell, 34, logs 21:46 per game, including a team-high 3:36 on the league’s fifth-ranked penalty kill. With Jack Johnson in Columbus now, his ice time could feasibly increase.

Mitchell’s current cap hit is $3.5 million.

Once the new contract details become available, we’ll update the post.

In the meantime, enjoy this picture of Mitchell, a good-looking fish, and some guy.


(Image via Pitt River Lodge)

UPDATE: Hammond reports Mitchell’s inked a two-year, $7 million deal. That’s the identical dollar amount and term as his last deal with the Kings, signed in Aug. 2010.

  1. ruddigervancity - Feb 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM


  2. govtminion - Feb 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Good move by the Kings here- Mitchell reminds me of Denis Seidenberg out in Boston, the guy who always seems to be in the way of the puck, blocking shots, clearing it out… the kind of guy that your goalie thanks his lucky stars for.

  3. elvispocomo - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    I’m glad to see he hasn’t had long lasting effects from the Malkin hit that sidelined him in his last year with the Canucks. Wouldn’t mind him back, but he’d still be our 3rd pairing left D.

  4. blomfeld - Feb 24, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    I never understood why the Canucks wanted to get rid of this guy ? … Willie Mitchel is “good people” and he was a local “hometown” favorite ? At any rate, good on the Kings for resigning him and showing their appreciation of his worth as a “team” player.

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